BORN 27 Aug 1916, Berlin - DIED 25 Sep 2006, Wien|
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 89, Reihe 18, Nummer 51)
Hortense Rake was the daughter of the designer and businessman Anton Raky (1868-1943). In 1934 she appeared successfully at the Theater in der Josefstadt in "Die Prinzessin auf der Leiter (Meine Schwester und ich)". Later that year she played with Karl Paryla in Carl Zuckmayer's "Der Schelm von Bergen". In 1936 she appeared in the movie "Burgtheater".
She was the daughter of a Jew and disliked the nazis. After they seized power in Austria she travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam in 1938, where she appeared in the exile cabaret "Theater der Prominenten". She moved to Zürich where was employed at the Schauspielhaus. Karl Paryla was there as well and they married in 1939. Their sons Nikolaus (b.1939) and Stephan (b.1948) both became actors.
She mainly worked for the theatre, but in 1972 she played the part of archduchess Ludovica in the television movie "Elisabeth Kaiserin von Österreich". In 1979 she received the Josef-Kainz Medaillion of the City of Vienna. She died in 2006 in Vienna and was buried in the grave of her husband at the Zentralfriedhof.
Husband: Paryla, Karl (1939-1996)